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Adventures in Marketing: Looks Like B-Day Is Actually a Thing

Ford’s not calling it that, but the marketing push surrounding the debut of the new-generation Bronco on July 13th is looking a lot like a joke your author has tossed about the past few weeks. The sheer amount of prime-time programming space purchased on the Disney Media Network’s ABC, ESPN, and National Geographic channels — […] The post Adventures in Marketing: Looks Like B-Day Is Actually a Thing appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Advertising, Marketing, Ford, Autos, National Geographic, Ford Bronco, Bronco, ABC ESPN, News Blog, Product Planning, Adventures In Marketing, Disney Media Network


2021 Kia K5: Pour One Out for the Optima, Then Forget

The name Americans have come to associate with Kia’s midsize family sedan is dead, but you probably knew that already. Hopefully you’ve recovered. On Tuesday, Kia pulled the wraps off the U.S.-market K5, the automaker’s replacement for the long-running Optima (which carried the Magentis name in Canada until 2010). Riding atop a third-generation N3 platform, […] The post 2021 Kia K5: Pour One Out for the Optima, Then Forget appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Canada, Autos, K5, Engines, Kia, New Cars, News Blog, Product Planning, Midsize Sedans, Kia K5, 2021 Kia K5


Style King Bentley Bentayga Goes In for a Facelift

If you detected a whiff of sarcasm in that headline, your nose wasn’t off. Yes, style and beauty is entirely subjective, but the range-topping Bentley Bentayga has never found itself at the top of any writer’s sexiest-dressed list. And that’s okay! It’s big, it’s bold, and it sells, so Bentley naturally loves anything that generates […] The post Style King Bentley Bentayga Goes In for a Facelift appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Luxury, Autos, Bentley, New Cars, SUVs, Bentley Bentayga, News Blog, Bentayga, Product Planning


Nissan Ariya Debut Coming In July; CEO (Again) Promises to Right the Ship

I’m your man, Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida told shareholders at an annual meeting Monday, promising to take a pay cut while firming up the fiscal foundations of an automaker that was floundering even before the pandemic hit. Nissan rolled out a very different kind of four-year plan in late May. Cost-cutting and consolidation is the […] The post Nissan Ariya Debut Coming In July; CEO (Again) Promises to Right the Ship appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Autos, Nissan, EVs, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Ariya, Makoto Uchida, Nissan Ariya


Prelude to a Preview: Cadillac Lyriq Continues Its Long March to Reality

“Lear-ick” or “lear-eek”? That’s the first question the Cadillac Lyriq brings to mind, the second being who, exactly, was behind the naming of this future electric crossover. Names matter, and if they don’t roll off the tongue easily, that’s a problem. At least for non-Italian brands… But this writer digresses. On Thursday, which proved quite […] The post Prelude to a Preview: Cadillac Lyriq Continues Its Long March to Reality appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Green, Gm, Autos, Crossovers, Cadillac, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Cadillac Lyriq, Lyriq


BMW Faces a Choice: Go Big on EVs, or Risk Falling Behind

BMW’s approach to the next frontier of driving propulsion has been an incremental one. First, electrification in a couple of oddball niche cars; then, plug-in hybrid versions of more conventional models. The fully electric vehicles coming down the pipe share their versatile architecture with existing models containing more conventional powerplants. It’s cautious, and it’s certainly […] The post BMW Faces a Choice: Go Big on EVs, or Risk Falling Behind appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Architecture, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Bmw, EVs, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Internal Strife


Brand Boost: Mazda 3 Gearing Up to Suck Air

A report earlier this year may have been what many longtime Mazda fans yearned to hear: that the company stands prepared to dump extra horses on its compact 3 sedan and hatch. Floundering since its launch, the little 3 could use a boost — in a number of ways. Model codes ripped from a dealer’s computer […] The post Brand Boost: Mazda 3 Gearing Up to Suck Air appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Performance, Engines, Mazda, News Blog, Hot Hatch, Product Planning, Future Models, Turbocharging, Mazda 3


2021 Ford F-150: There’s New Faces in Your Future, and Maybe a Hybrid, Too

Ford Motor Company pulled the wraps off the next-generation 2021 F-150 on Thursday night, revealing a new body and face that’s evolutionary in nature and a powertrain addition that sets its apart from all rivals. Could you call it revolutionary? Being first in its class to offer something new is key for the F-150, being […] The post 2021 Ford F-150: There’s New Faces in Your Future, and Maybe a Hybrid, Too appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, F-150, Trucks, Hybrid, Ford Motor Company, News Blog, Ford F-150, Product Planning, 2021 Ford F-150, PowerBoost


Endurance, by Lordstown: The Electric Pickup That’s Not for Everyone

Rivian wants to dazzle you with excessive range and dirt-flinging tank turns. Ford wants you to feel virtuous while behind the wheel of an F-150. General Motors wants to crush things beneath the wheels of the monstrous GMC Hummer EV. Lordstown Motors’s electric pickup, on the other hand, doesn’t want to be everyone’s best friend. […] The post Endurance, by Lordstown: The Electric Pickup That’s Not for Everyone appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Production, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Trucks, EVs, New Cars, Lordstown, Endurance, News Blog, Product Planning, Rivian, Lordstown Motors, Lordstown Endurance, GMC Hummer EV Lordstown Motors


Ram Wants You to Rebel With the 2021 TRX

Oh, it’s really official now. The supercharged, off-road-ready sport truck previewed by a concept vehicle four years ago is almost here, and Ram now has a landing page for it. Appearing for the 2021 model year, the Ram Rebel TRX is a full-size 1500 with a heart transplant from a Dodge Hellcat donor. Squarely in […] The post Ram Wants You to Rebel With the 2021 TRX appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ram, Fca, Autos, Trucks, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, News Blog, Ram 1500, Product Planning, Future Models, Ram Rebel TRX


Big on Base Models? The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Is Not the Truck for You

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon gain visual refreshes for 2021, but the updates foisted upon General Motors’ midsize twins won’t win over those who enjoy keeping their pickup expenditures to a bare minimum. For the vast majority of the buying public, however, the revamped trucks might be viewed as an improvement over what came […] The post Big on Base Models? The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Is Not the Truck for You appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, General Motors, Gm, Autos, Trucks, New Cars, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, News Blog, Product Planning, Midsize Pickups, 2021 Chevrolet Colorado


Toyota Discontinues the Mazda 2 – er, Yaris

Bad news to share — especially for those of you enamored with cheap, entry-level passenger cars. The Toyota Yaris sedan and hatchback will vanish after the 2020 model year. Reworked versions of the Mazda 2, the guppy-faced Yarises greeted North American buyers in two phases after the “real” Yaris bowed out, first as a sedan and […] The post Toyota Discontinues the Mazda 2 – er, Yaris appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Mazda, News Blog, Product Planning, Toyota Yaris, Subcompact Cars, Yaris, Discontinuation, Yarises


2021 Kia Carnival/Sedona: Don’t Call It a Minivan

The vehicle you see here may bear the name of a minivan, but Kia Motors affectionately (and perhaps optimistically) refers to it as a “Grand Utility Vehicle.” Appearing in South Korea on Wednesday wearing next-generation duds, the Carnival —aka the North American-market Sedona — apparently wants to be mistaken for an SUV. The brand’s designers […] The post 2021 Kia Carnival/Sedona: Don’t Call It a Minivan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: South Korea, Design, Autos, Kia, Don, Sedona, Kia Motors, Kia Sedona, News Blog, Minivans, Product Planning


As Jaguar’s Car Problem Continues Apace, Is the Brand Mulling a Smaller Entry?

Fielding a full range of passenger cars is soooo yesterday, man. Almost no one does it anymore. Certainly, no American automaker, anyway. Across the pond, Jaguar finds itself at a fork in the road. The sedan market is drying up, and along with it, sales of its compact XE and midsize XF models. The XJ […] The post As Jaguar’s Car Problem Continues Apace, Is the Brand Mulling a Smaller Entry? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, JLR, Sedans, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models


Tesla Update: Brace Yourself for B-Day

There’s a big to-do coming up in Tesla’s social calendar. Dubbed “Battery Day,” the occasion seems to have something to do with…well, you can probably read. Battery Day, on which Tesla will presumably storm the beaches of electrification technology, is slated for September 15th — the same day as a postponed shareholder meeting. On Monday, […] The post Tesla Update: Brace Yourself for B-Day appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, China, Tesla, Green, Production, Autos, EVs, Tesla Model 3, Battery Technology, News Blog, Product Planning


JPMorgan Slams Brakes on Nikola’s Stock

Nikola, the electric vehicle startup with no functional or sellable product to back up its insane valuation, just got a reality check from JPMorgan. The Wall Street firm has warned investors of a pullback of the company’s sky-high share price — an action that pretty much guarantees that exact outcome. After catapulting into the stratosphere […] The post JPMorgan Slams Brakes on Nikola’s Stock appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Wall Street, Autos, Stocks, Nikola, News Blog, Product Planning, High Finance, JPMorgan Slams Brakes


Mitsubishi in America: Slow Fade-out Ahead?

Mitsubishi watched as its U.S. and Canadian volumes rose steadily over the past several years — growth hampered by a limited product lineup and so-so vehicle quality. Still, it was growth, and Mitsu made sure to celebrate each year-over-year sales increase. Well, that was then, and this is now. As a member of an alliance […] The post Mitsubishi in America: Slow Fade-out Ahead? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Markets, Autos, Salaries, Mitsubishi, Overseas, Mitsu, News Blog, Product Planning, Cost-cutting, Executive Pay


Eye in the Sky: Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport Not Safe Anywhere

At this point, if Ford wants to keep the upcoming Bronco and Bronco Sport under wraps until their respective unveilings, it had best invest in surplus anti-aircraft batteries — or just never leave the confines of company-owned production facilities. Even those walls have proven a porous barrier, however. As the weekend dawned, drone-provided aerial spy photos […] The post Eye in the Sky: Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport Not Safe Anywhere appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, SUVs, Ford Bronco, Bronco, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Bronco Sport, Ford Bronco Sport, Ford Bronco Bronco


Next-gen Ford F-150: Leave the House Behind?

Even before the pandemic and subsequent economic crash, much talk was being made about living in your car. Specifically, the vehicle of choice would be a spacious yet efficient van. It continues to this day in many corners of the Internet. Ford apparently took this discourse to heart, reportedly adding a new feature to the […] The post Next-gen Ford F-150: Leave the House Behind? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, F-150, Trucks, News Blog, Ford F-150, Product Planning, Future Models, 2021 Ford F-150


Progressive Young Families Beware! Next-generation Kia Sedona Looms

What a year 2020’s turned out to be! Sure, there’s stuff happening in the background, but look at all the minivan news. Chrysler’s coming out with an all-wheel drive Pacifica, Toyota’s turning the Sienna into a dedicated hybrid, and Kia — well, Kia’s not giving up. As the least popular minivan in a shrinking segment, […] The post Progressive Young Families Beware! Next-generation Kia Sedona Looms appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Autos, Chrysler, Kia, Sedona, Kia Sedona, News Blog, Minivans, Product Planning, Future Models, Kia Sedona Looms, Pacifica Toyota


Paging Raymond Loewy: Volkswagen ID.4 Leaked

Hey, look — it’s Volkswagen’s upcoming electric crossover! Leaked on the vwidtalk.com forum and spied by Jalopnik on Wednesday, the MEB-platform EV, which will one day roll out of Chattanooga Assembly, apparently used a Coke bottle for a muse. Shunning straight lines as well as gasoline, the ID.4 has been spotted disguised as both an Opel and a […] The post Paging Raymond Loewy: Volkswagen ID.4 Leaked appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Green, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Volkswagen, EVs, Jalopnik, Raymond Loewy, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, ID.4, Volkswagen ID.4, Chattanooga Assembly, ID.4 Cross


2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0: Ditch Power and Weight to Save Yourself Eight Grand

Toyota made significant changes to the new-for-2020 Supra just one year into its lifespan, adding a new, cheaper four-cylinder model and bumping the output of the previously solitary inline-six version. That’s not the only hardware change in store for the resurrected sports coupe, either. For many, whether or not they ever get into a Supra […] The post 2021 Toyota GR Supra 2.0: Ditch Power and Weight to Save Yourself Eight Grand appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Engines, Sports Cars, New Cars, Pricing, Supra, Toyota Supra, News Blog, Product Planning, Toyota GR Supra, Ditch Power


Editorial Rant: GM CEO Says Automaker Will Still Lead Electrification, Autonomy

After saying that it will take “years and decades” before General Motors can effectively transition into a company focused primarily on electric vehicles, plenty of outlets (including ours) accused CEO Marry Barra of lowering expectations. She held another press conference this week to set everyone straight, letting the world know GM will perpetually be at […] The post Editorial Rant: GM CEO Says Automaker Will Still Lead Electrification, Autonomy appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, General Motors, Corporate Strategy, Rants, Electric Vehicles, Editorials, Mary Barra, Gm, Autos, EVs, Electrification, News Blog, Product Planning, RIP Mark Fields


Hitting Mach 1: Ford Returns With a More Tossable Mustang Bullitt Replacement

The Bullitt and GT350 appear dead for 2021, but fear not. Those who find the Ford Mustang GT just a tad underwhelming can soon opt for a Mach 1, which combines various attributes of those three aforementioned cars in one retro package — though perhaps not as retro as some would like. It’s also not as […] The post Hitting Mach 1: Ford Returns With a More Tossable Mustang Bullitt Replacement appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford Mustang, Heritage, Ford, Autos, Performance, Sports Cars, New Cars, Mustang, Track Day, Mach, News Blog, Product Planning, Mach 1, 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1


2021 Lexus IS: Clear DNA, Clear Mission

Unveiled late Monday, the next-generation Lexus IS sedan’s identity should be no secret to those familiar with the current model. Toyota Motor Corp’s premium rear-drive sports sedan is a clear descendant of what came before, keeping the previous model’s proportions and many of its lines. Certainly, there’s only so much you can do with a […] The post 2021 Lexus IS: Clear DNA, Clear Mission appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Is, New Cars, Toyota Motor Corp, News Blog, Lexus IS, Product Planning, Sports Sedans, 2021 Lexus IS


Ford Edge, Lincoln Nautilus in Danger?

Ford’s utility vehicle lineup may grow too crowded to sustain the midsize Edge and its Lincoln Nautilus sibling for much longer. That’s the opinion of AutoForecast Solutions’ Sam Fiorani, who claims the Blue Oval has cancelled next-generation versions of both models. Introduced for the 2015 model year and facelifted for 2019, the two-row Edge and […] The post Ford Edge, Lincoln Nautilus in Danger? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Production, Canada, Ford, Autos, Crossovers, Lincoln, Edge, Nautilus, Blue Oval, Ford Edge, News Blog, Product Planning, Lincoln Nautilus, Ford Edge Lincoln Nautilus, AutoForecast Solutions, Sam Fiorani


Bread and Butter Update: 2021 Nissan Rogue Brings Brawnier Body and a Way to Spend More

No one would accuse the current-generation Rogue of oozing too much testosterone. Few, if any, in its class do. The compact crossover sold very well, however, making it an absolutely crucial product for a company reeling from two financial body blows. A bloated business and declining sales mingled with pandemic woes this year, making it […] The post Bread and Butter Update: 2021 Nissan Rogue Brings Brawnier Body and a Way to Spend More appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Crossovers, Nissan, New Cars, Nissan Rogue, Rogue, News Blog, Product Planning, 2021 Nissan Rogue


2021 Lexus IS Shows Just a Little Leg; New Debut Date Revealed

Well, this week’s debut of the new Lexus IS didn’t go as planned, what with company execs opting to wait until things cooled down in the streets and Twitter feeds of America. Turns out we didn’t have long to wait. The 2021 IS, already teased in a shadowy image released by Lexus earlier this month, […] The post 2021 Lexus IS Shows Just a Little Leg; New Debut Date Revealed appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Lexus, Autos, Is, New Cars, Sedans, News Blog, Lexus IS, Product Planning, Future Models


The Brits Drove a Production-ready Version of Volkswagen’s EV Wonder Car

Those of you living in North America can kiss any chance of buying a Volkswagen ID.3 goodbye, as the automaker’s first-of-many, MEB-platform electric will not make it across the pond. Larger, more U.S.-friendly models will follow. For Brits, however, orders open next month, with deliveries beginning in September. To say the ID.3 compact electric hatchback […] The post The Brits Drove a Production-ready Version of Volkswagen’s EV Wonder Car appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Volkswagen, North America, EVs, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, ID.3, Volkswagen ID.3


You Won’t Believe This New Orange Mustang

For its last model year before swapping to an all-new platform, Ford plans to offer the much-loved Mustang in a hot new shade of orange. Tangerine now pairs with the orange-adjacent, almost peach-like Chamois. Apparently, customers can have their ‘Stang — downsized severely just in time for those recent OPEC shenanigans — in whatever flavor […] The post You Won’t Believe This New Orange Mustang appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Opec, Ford Mustang, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autos, EVs, Mustang, Stang, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Mustang Macg-E paint, New Orange Mustang



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